The web page 208607.htm presents and describes a program, QUAD1, that performs the "quadratic formula" for solving certain quadratic equations of the form
QUAD2, part 1  QUAD2, part 2 
A comparison of part 1 of the QUAD2 program with the QUAD1 program given on the earlier 208607.htm page, should confirm that the main part of the program is unchanged from one version to the other. The extra lines in QUAD2 are used to handle the case of the Complex Number answers. This is done by identifying, through examining the Discriminant, cases where the answer will be Complex, and retaining that information in the variable T. T will be used later in the program to format the output to include the imaginary number i for complex answers. Also, notice that the QUAD2 program calls (makes reference to) the TOSTR program in order to acheive a nicer looking output. TOSTR must be available on the calculator. The listing for the TOSTR program, was given on the 208604.htm page.
Naturally, one could enter the programs into a calculator. However, the TI86 file for QUAD2 in is available at quad2.86p and the TI86 file for TOSTR at tostr.86p. In addition, the TI85 file for QUAD2 in is available at quad2.85p and the TI85 file for TOSTR at tostr.85p. Depending upon your browser, you should be able to save the file to your disk and then transfer it via TIGraphlink, assuming you have the program and the required cable.
We conclude this page with few sample runs of the TI86 version of the QUAD2 program. We will be solving the following quadratic equations:
 We open the PRGM menu by pressing the key. Then we can open the NAMES submenu by pressing the key. The calculator used to generate Figure 1 has many programs defined on it. We will need to use the key to shift the submenu until the QUAD2 program name is displayed, as it is at the bottom of Figure 2. 
 Now that the QUAD2 program name is visible in the submenu, we can press We will have to press the to paste that name onto the screen. Then we press the key to actually start to run the program. 
 In Figure 3 the program has started.
The calculator has asked for, and we have supplied, values for the
coefficients A, B, and C.
We have entered the value 1 for A,
0 for B and the value 25 for C.
These are the coefficients for


Figure 4 shows output from the calculator. It writes the word DISCRIMINANT
followed, on the next line, by
the value of the discriminant. Recall that the discriminant for

 The program was completed in Figure 4. To restart it, we press
.
Figure 5 gives the data entry for the problem

 To accept our final value and continue the program we press . Figure 6 gives the result. This time the discriminant has the value 108. Because the discriminant is negative there will be two complex solutions. The program goes on to show those solutions. 

In Figure 7 we have restarted the program by pressing the
key. This time we are working on the problem

 Pressing the key to accept our last input value, the program generates the information seen in Figure 8. In particular, we see that the value of the discriminant is 868, that there are two answers, that the two answers are complex, and it gives these values. Again, the program is "Done" running. 

In Figure 9 we have restarted the program by pressing the
key. This time we are working on the problem

 Again, we press to contiue with the program. Figure 10 shows the discriminant to be 36, that there are two complex answers, and the two answers. 

In Figure 11 we have started the program again, this time to solve the problem

 The program finds the discriminant, finds that there are two complex answers, gives those values. 

In Figure 13 we have started the program again, this time to solve the problem

 We press the key to leave Figure 13 and move to Figure 14. Here we see that the value of the discriminant is 3920, and that there are two complex solutions, and we are given the values of those answers. 
PRECALCULUS: College Algebra and Trigonometry
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